Leatt Knee Guard Airflex Pro  2016 Mountain Bike Review

Leatt Knee Guard Airflex Pro 2016

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At A Glance

Leatt, based out of Cape Town, South Africa are headed up by Dr Leatt himself and this is evident in the detailing and production that goes into their products.  The Airflex Pro is no exception to the rule. Don’t be fooled by its slim stripped back appearance - still scoring a 15 on the Leatt protection rating system, the ultra thin 6mm knee pads are CE certified as impact protection.  They feature (along side the 6mm AirFLex pre curved 3D design) a printed silicon non slip cuff, side and upper knee protection and a MoistureCool and AirMesh main construction making them wicking, vented and antimicrobial.

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On The Trail

Straight out of the packaging you can tell these pads are a quality bit of kit despite the fact they’re super light weight.  No excess material means they’re going to stay nice and cool, and once you have them on you can hardly feel them, they’re also slim enough to easily fit under jeans for a blast at the pump track.  The 3D curved knee section seems to sit a little away from the knee cap, which took a little bit of getting used to, but actually only added to the comfort and subtle fit of the pad. The side and upper knee protection areas give added confidence too with that bit of extra coverage.

Overall

Comfortable and incredibly light-weight. They may not be the best for big mountain, massive impact situations, but for a fit-and-forget, non intrusive bit of padding, these are ideal.

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